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Drexel Biomedical Engineering (BME) & Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Rankings

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Founded in 1961 as the United States’ first Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute, Drexel BIOMED has pushed the boundaries of science and technology for half a century. The mission of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems is to promote health and quality of life through education, research and innovation that integrates engineering and life sciences in a global context.

How is Drexel University BME Ranked?

Landing in the top 8 percent of America’s institutions of higher education, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education College Rankings place Drexel University 74th out of 968 other colleges and universities across the country.

Master's Program Guide ranked Drexel University #1 in the Greater Philadelphia area for Best Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and #14 nationwide.

College Factual ranked Drexel's Biomedical Engineering as #3 most popular BME program in the country.

Drexel's Biomedical Engineering program is ranked 7 out of 96 for veteran friendliness of all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual. This puts Drexel in the top 10 when it comes to offering a quality education to veterans in biomedical engineering.

Drexel University is ranked #75 in Best Engineering Schools nationwide by US News & World Reports.

Drexel University has been designated at the highest level of research activity from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, assigning Drexel to its R1 Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity category.

Meet Distinguished Drexel BME Faculty

Drexel BME & FAA Centers of Excellence (COEs)

Drexel Biomed's partnership provides opportunities for faculty and students to participate in cutting-edge research in the areas listed below. The COE program facilitates collaboration and coordination between government, academia, and industry to advance aviation technologies and expand FAA research capabilities. The COEs are established through cooperative agreements with the nation's premier universities, and their members and affiliates, who conduct focused research and development and related activities over a period of 10 years.

  • Drexel is a core member of the Solutions for Operational Aviation Research (SOAR) Center of Excellence (COE)
  • The Technical Training and Human Performance (TTHP) Center of Excellence (COE) is the second for which Drexel serves as a core institution.
  • Drexel is also a core member of the unmanned aircraft systems.
    As part of the five-year FAA-funded research, Drexel’s team will collaborate with both other member academic institutions of the MSU-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS Through Research Excellence (ASSURE) and key industry partners and government agencies. ASSURE, which will serve as the National Center for Excellence, will bring these experts together to address the most pressing concerns when it comes to regulating the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in national airspace.

Collaboration Across Business & Innovation

Drexel BIOMED is a leader in “technology transfer” and "translational medical research", or a school’s ability to turn its research into actual products or research-driven startups. Learn how Drexel graduate students in the Coulter Fellows program can gain first-hand experience in the translational phase of a new technology from academia to industry.

What is the Drexel BME Acceptance Rate?

2019 Drexel BIOMED SAT Scores

The incoming class of 2019 SAT scores in Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing range between 520 and 800. Scores in Math trend slightly higher than Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.

SAT Scatterplot

BME Diversity at a Glance

2018 Incoming Class

  • New Class Size
    Drexel: 3,604 / BIOMED: 129

Degrees Awarded 2018

  • Bachelors: 104
  • Masters: 88
  • Doctorates: 18
  • African American 8%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander 32%
  • Caucasian 48%
  • Hispanic/Latino 6%
  • Other 5%
  • International (9 countries) 9%
  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%
  • 11% in the Pennoni Honors College

Average Starting Salary Offer

  • Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems $58,710

Questions about Biomedical Engineering

Why Choose BIOMED for Pre-med?

Learn why Biomedical Engineering is the most natural course of study to get you into medical school.
→ Why BIOMED for Pre-med

Why do a Clinical Immersion Co-op?

This new and innovative program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and gives junior-year students the opportunity to spend their co-op cycle working alongside clinicians and biomedical engineers to identify unmet clinical needs and translate novel technologies from bench to bedside.
→ Translational Design Clinical Immersion Co-op Program

Why is an Experiential Learning Co-op in Biomedical Engineering Better than an Internship?

Learn why the majority of students in Biomedical Engineering choose the 5-year program and how they graduate with 18 months of full-time work experience, and often with a job offer from their third co-op employer or from a connection made from one of their co-op experiences.
→ Co-ops in Biomedical Engineering

How can I participate in Biomedical Engineering Research?

The STAR Scholars Program is a competitive program offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research to first-year students with an interest in research.
→ STAR Scholars Program

  • STAR Scholars for Summer 2018
    17 STAR Scholars (Students Tackling Advanced Research)
Alison Kane, Rising Sophomore

▶️ Watch Rising Sophomore Alison Kane (Advisor: Dr. Joseph Sarver) describe her experience tackling advanced research as a STAR Scholar

Request More Information

To request more information about Biomedical Engineering at Drexel, please contact the appropriate advisor.

Graduate Programs

Natalia Broz
Associate Director for Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Fred Allen, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor and
Associate Director for Undergraduate Education